Injured Three-Day Event Rider Improves Despite Pneumonia

LEXINGTON, KY -- The rider who was severely injured at the Rolex Three-Day Event has been upgraded to serious condition according to a hospital spokesperson Saturday morning. Laine Ashker had been in critical condition since the accident and after she developed pneumonia.

Ashker underwent successful surgery Friday to repair her broken jaw, her mother told the Lexington Herald-Leader.

Valerie Ashker has updated every day since her daughter, Laine Ashker, 24, fell with her horse at the fifth fence of the cross-country course last Saturday. Her horse, Frodo Baggins, was euthanized, according to a report in the Saturday edition of the H-L.

Ashker was taken by helicopter from the Kentucky Horse Park to the University of Kentucky Hospital. Her injuries included a crushed jaw, collapsed lungs, broken ribs, and a broken skull, shoulder blade and collarbone.

On Thursday, Ashker developed a high fever, and was found to have pneumonia, which is being treated with antibiotics, Valerie Ashker said.

Another horse, The Quiet Man, was also euthanized after a fall at a cross-country fence at the Rolex, the newspaper reports.

The United States Equestrian Federation and the United States Eventing Association have scheduled a safety summit on the sport in Lexington on June 6 and 7, reports the Lexington Herald-Leader.

Information from - The Lexington Herald-Leader

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